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Poster: dark.starz Date: Feb 25, 2012 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

FLAC is a file reduction algorithm and a lossless compression codec, the actual tape that passed across the tape head on any given evening is/was the best sounding source and depending on how the tape was transferred, mastered and converted into a digital file format, and then processed to disc, could offer some sonic differences. There are several mediocre sounding Dicks Picks (IMO) therefore the digital file concept has some potential.

Now enter the playback system, the PC as a source component compared to a competent CD player will depend on how you extract and hopefully process the audio out of your PC, usb vs analog out and the digital to analog conversion process will determine the end result.

If you compare the sound of your PC music file with the signal from your headphone speaker output to the same recording on disc played back on a Naim Audio CD player for example, the Naim will stomp it every time.

If you process the music file out of you PC via the USB output into an outboard Naim Audio digital to analog converter that would make for an interesting comparison. Again, the original tape transfer to digital file and then processed to disc now becomes most relevant.

Most every recording here at the Archive is minimally a second or third generation transfer at best.